Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.
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While Noah Baumbach's follow-up to "Frances Ha" doesn't reach the same heights as that film, it certainly comes closer than I would have dared to expect. "Young" neatly transforms from a whimsical comedy about middle age to something more akin to a horror film as Adam Driver's millennial reveals himself to be a master manipulator of the social media era - and Baumbach is savvy enough to let him get away with it too.
It should have been called: "Middle Class White People Whine For 90 Minutes: The Journey Continues" but that may have been a bit wordy. There are some amusing bits here and there, perhaps a one off watch?
Baumbach's approach on aging and living is a little over the top for me. I wish the characters had stayed simpler and the plot had stayed on the reality side. Watts is wonderful as usual, but Stiller lacks depth. At the end, the movie is memorable for its ayahuasca scene - that's all. Hipster sadness for romantic comedy lovers.
I predict Ben Stiller will move into the indie universe proper in the coming years. He's criminally underutilised. The story is great and feels open and spritely for the first half. Naomi Watts proves she can throw down some crunk and is a good match for Stiller. It's a brave script and an contemporary twist on aging and the chasm that is the generational divide. 3.5 stars
I think all of this "New Yorkian-intellectual-but-still-funny-and-romantic"which started with Woody Allen is coming to an end,it really needs to be criticized and also humiliated,until it becomes a piece of actual art.The whole movie can be summed in a quote from the film itself;"Whats going on?This is like a fucking bad dream.Everyone here is doing weird shit."
If you have Naomi Watts and Amanda Seyfried in the same film together with nothing relevant to say for 90 minutes, at least have the decency to come up with a scene in which they go down on each other halfway through...
And this is Woody Allen's legacy: a light comedy about New York straight hipsters, with some morality and supposed narrative joy. Shots-reverse shots, fairly presumptuous actors - more the guys -, the eternal banal argumentation about truth and lie, a reasonable accumulation of commonplaces about documentaries and, in the end, a "well spent" Sunday afternoon. Deplorable, as usual in this non-filmmaker.
Hmm. Obviously any movie where Amanda Seyfried takes Naomi Watts to hip-hop dance class is execrable. Granted. Obviously any movie where Charles Grodin plays an oldschool American documentary trailblazer named Leslie Breitbart is brilliant. And so forth. Then the epilogue. The epilogue is the most abominable thing ever until bang! it's brilliant. Hmm. Three stars.